Four California members of Congress are calling on US Attorney Melinda Haag to halt work on closing medical-marijuana dispensaries.
In a sweeping new policy statement prompted by pot legalization of some form in 22 states, including California, the U.S. Justice Department gave the green light to states to adopt tight regulatory schemes to oversee the medical and recreational marijuana industries burgeoning across the country.
Twenty jars of medical marijuana were taken in an armed robbery in San Francisco’s Mission District on Thursday, according to police.
Outdoor medical marijuana cultivation is no longer permitted in the city of Concord after complaints about growers. Their operations must now be moved indoors.
The legislation from Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco would have monitored the production and sale of medical marijuana through the state’s alcohol enforcement department.
The increased tax rate is expected to generate about $1.5 million in additional revenue a year for the city.
The measure is intended to restrict dispensaries that federal prosecutors say had grown out of control in California, where voters first supported legalizing cannabis to treat illness in 1996.
California’s highest court has ruled that local governments have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders.
Several San Jose landlords who own properties where medical marijuana dispensaries are located are being threatened with property forfeiture.
The Concord City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban all marijuana cultivation outdoors after about four months of discussion and debate.